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Normal Anatomy of the Shoulder Joint

How does the Shoulder joint work?

Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is a major group of tendons in the shoulder joint providing support and enabling a wide range of motion. Major injury to these tendons can result in a tear know as a rotator cuff tear.

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Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is also called swimmer’s shoulder, tennis shoulder, or rotator cuff tendinitis. It is a condition of inflammation of the tendons of the shoulder joint, caused by motor vehicle accidents, trauma, or playing sports such as tennis, baseball, swimming or weight lifting.

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a condition that limits shoulder movements because of pain and inflammation. It is also called adhesive capsulitis, and may progress to where an individual may find moving the shoulder very difficult.

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Shoulder Joint Replacement

Shoulder joint replacements are usually done to relieve pain when non-operative treatment to relieve pain is unsuccessful.

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Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability is a chronic condition that causes frequent dislocations of the shoulder joint. A dislocation occurs when the end of the humerus (the ball portion) partially or completely dislocates from the glenoid (the socket portion) of the shoulder. A partial dislocation is referred to as a subluxation whereas a complete separation is referred to as a dislocation.

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